When you drive a tow truck, you’re in charge of a very large vehicle. And that presents some very large challenges, particularly when there are pedestrians and cyclists. The people who are sharing the road with you, whether on foot or on bike, can present even more of an issue. You have to be extremely cautious when you’re driving around people. Here are a few things to be mindful of when you’re operating your tow truck around pedestrians or cyclists.
If you’re driving a tow truck, it’s probably inevitable that you’re going to encounter road work at some point. Construction happens. Being in a work zone can be stressful enough, and not just because of the inevitable slow down in traffic. There are a lot of hazards that go along with road work. Here are a few tips to stay safe while driving through a work zone.
If you drive tow trucks, it’s important to make sure your tow truck is as safe as possible. And that means checking the basics of your vehicle frequently. When you log as many miles as you do with your tow truck, it’s important to make sure each tire is safe and ready for the job at hand. There are a few things you can do to ensure the health of your tires. Here are some tips.
If you have an auto body shop, it’s important to make the shop as safe as possible for your customers. There are a lot of perils around auto shops, and that’s why you’ve got to reduce risk as much as possible. (Tow trucks themselves come with risk, and auto shops are a whole different story, so if you’ve got a shop and you do incidental towing, you’ve got a lot to think about.) Anyways, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce risk at your garage. Here are a few tips.
If you’re a towing business, you’re probably familiar with the FMCSA and its role in the transportation world. But towing isn’t the same as trucking. Though they both involve very large vehicles, they’re different. So, you might be wondering if your tow truck business is subject to FMCSA regulations. (We’ll also give a brief overview of what the FMCSA does.)
If you work anywhere in the trucking world, you’ve probably heard of the FMCSA, or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA is a big deal, but why is it so important? What exactly do they do, and why should you as a tow truck business care? We’ll explain the mission of the FMCSA, how they strive to achieve that mission, and what programs they oversee. Here goes!
The Clearinghouse is still a relatively new thing in the trucking world, so there are still a lot of questions. Tow truck drivers might wonder how Clearinghouse will affect them. For starters, what part does Clearinghouse play for them? Do tow truck drivers have to register for Clearinghouse? How can they use the database? These are just a few of the questions that need to be answered. We’ll explain.
Towing is a dangerous profession. There’s no denying it. There are so many tragedies involving tow truck drivers getting struck on the side of the road, and the towing community has mourned many of its own. Certain things can contribute to these accidents, such as distracted driving and alcohol. The investigations conducted on these incidents work to determine the reason that the accident happened in the first place, looking at the actions of the people involved and the factors that led up to it. But the key is getting the takeaways from the accidents. And that’s where training comes in. Here are a few considerations for towing businesses when it comes to keeping tow operators safe as they work on the side of the road and preventing roadside tragedies.
Distracted driving is something that we hear about a lot. According to an American Towman article, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) stated that there were 3,166 deaths in car crashes involving distracted driving in 2017. That’s a chilling statistic. But as someone with a tow truck business, how can you encourage your drivers not to drive distracted? Here are a few tips.
If you work with disabled vehicles, chances are that you could come across a job involving hazardous materials. That doesn’t just mean dealing with radioactive waste, acid, or other largely dangerous substances; it could just pertain to slightly harmful pollutants. So, it’s important for those who do recovery to understand the specific risks, steps, and tools necessary to properly respond to each type of danger. Here are 8 tips for tow truck operators transporting or handling hazardous materials.